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NEIL CALLAN

Trevor Reid: SHA TIN SELECTIONS (Saturday October 13, 2018)

RACE 1: #4 Big Party, #9 Quadruple Double, #8 Perfect Match, #3 Strathallan

RACE 2: #2 New Elegance, #1 Cheerful Giggles, #5 Great Treasure, #6 Beauty Day

RACE 3: #3 Super Euro Star, #1 Adonis, #8 Scarborough Fair, #2 Natural Flare

 

RACE 4: #1 Giddy Giddy, #6 Dollar Reward, #7 Kirov, #10 Very Sweet Orange

RACE 5: #2 Energetic Class, #1 Have Fun Together, #3 Monica, #7 Follow Me

RACE 6: #6 Gentle Breeze, #7 Monkey Jewellery, #4 E Master, #8 Happy Tour

RACE 7: #2 Blocker Dee, #1 Encore Boy, #6 Raging Blitzkrieg, #7 Super Man

RACE 8: #3 Harmony Victory, #6 Victory Boys, #8 Circuit Number Two,
#12 Mr So And So

RACE 9: #1 California Fortune, #7 Ugly Warrior, #3 Fortune Booth, #6
Pick Number One

RACE 10: #12 Noble Steed, #4 Sun Touch, #11 Relentless Me, #3 Comfort Life

RACE 1: CHUNG ON HANDICAP

#4 Big Party has trialled well and has drawn the right place down the
straight for his first start. Neil Callan takes the ride from gate 12
and he can make a winning debut. #9 Quadruple Double ran well in
griffin races without winning and just looked in need of some more
time to mature. That race experience may come in handy here. Another
of the debutants, #8 Perfect Match, looks to have been primed for
this, while the more race-smart #3 Strathallan can figure too.

RACE 2: HOI PA HANDICAP

#2 New Elegance is first-up after showing promise last term for
Frankie Lor. His last run behind Fiama was sound and, if he has
improved with the summer under his belt, he should get every chance
here. #1 Cheerful Giggles arrived in Hong Kong with strong
credentials, including a runner-up effort in the 2017 Queensland Derby
behind Ruthven. He ran well at his first start for Tony Millard last
month and the 1800m should prove more suitable, so he’s a player in
this spot. #5 Great Treasure won fresh at his first start for Me Tsui
and ran another good race last time out up in grade. He’s not without
a hope. The consistent #6 Beauty Day should appreciate 1800m.

RACE 3: SHA TSUI HANDICAP

#3 Super Euro Star drops to Class 5, a grade where he is unbeaten from
one start. He should get out somewhere near the lead and he will be
hard to beat if he doesn’t get too much pressure. #1 Adonis produced
an unbelievable effort at his last run in June, missing the start
hopelessly before flashing home to run fourth. If he’s able to
progress from that run now that he’s down in grade, he’ll be a winner
before too long. #8 Scarborough Fair looks in need of further than
1200m but he’s at a mark where he should figure and he has Zac Purton
aboard for his first-up run. #2 Natural Flare is next best.

RACE 4: TAI HO HANDICAP

#1 Giddy Giddy is a hardy galloper who surprised by making it up to
Class 3 last season. He has shown a particular liking for this course
and distance and he should be fresh after a stint at Conghua over the
summer. He will get every chance on or near the speed. #6 Dollar
Reward looked close to winning last season before he went off the
boil. He remains a Hong Kong maiden through 17 local starts, but that
elusive win is getting closer. #7 Kirov won in nice style fresh. It
won’t take much more than that for him to figure here. #10 Very Sweet
Orange has more talent than he has shown so far and perhaps the
10-pound claim of Victor Wong and the switch to dirt can prove the
catalyst for him to find his best.

RACE 5: THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CUP

#2 Energetic Class returns for the first time in seven months after
bleeding in March. He has won fresh before and he looks to have found
a suitable race to figure first-up. #1 Have Fun Together has looked
likely to win before and it seems remarkable that he hasn’t had that
breakthrough success. He has drawn awkwardly here but he should have
his chance. #3 Monica should appreciate getting up to 1400m and back
to Sha Tin. He could improve sharply. #7 Follow Me ran well enough on
debut to suggest that he can figure.

RACE 6: TAK WAH HANDICAP

#6 Gentle Breeze, sporting the famous Sacred Kingdom silks, showed
plenty of talent in two starts last season over the straight 1000m.
Getting around a bend looks a positive and he will be hard to beat in
what shapes as a nice little race. #7 Monkey Jewellery sat deep but
fought on well to only be beaten a length at his first start. As is
typical with John Size trainees, he should improve from start to start
and he can figure. #4 E Master flashed home from last at Happy Valley
fresh, and at his first start for Caspar Fownes too, landing some big
bets. From a better draw, he can lay up closer and he is capable of
winning again. #8 Happy Tour has talent and should take plenty of
benefit from his debut on opening day.

RACE 7: THE YAN CHAI TROPHY

#2 Blocker Dee is on the way down after a fairly quick rise through
the grades before cementing his rating in Class 2 territory for quite
some time. He faded fresh after sitting near the speed when back down
in Class 3 for the first time since May. This is the weakest dirt race
he’s contested and a victory wouldn’t shock. #1 Encore Boy is a
similar animal, except he still looks to have a couple of points in
hand. He’s a contender. #6 Raging Blitzkrieg ran well in two dirt
starts at the end of last season and a repeat of those efforts will
see him in contention. #7 Super Man is always worth including in these
races.

RACE 8: TSUEN FU HANDICAP

#3 Harmony Victory caught the eye flashing from near last at his first
Hong Kong run on opening day. The Brazilian import, a two-time G1
winner in his home country when named Cash Do Jaguarete, looks capable
of measuring up in Hong Kong, a rare feat for a South American
galloper. A big effort second-up wouldn’t shock. #6 Victory Boys is
one of those unassuming types who just keeps putting good run after
good run on the board. His ceiling must surely be approaching, and
perhaps it could be coming first-up against this sort of company, but
a consistent horse like him deserves respect too. #8 Circuit Number
Two looks to be heading higher and he can make it three on the trot
with even luck. #12 Mr So And So has done nothing wrong in his Hong
Kong preparation to date. His first effort was good and he should take
a step forward from that.

RACE 9: TSUEN LOK HANDICAP

#1 California Fortune has run particularly well at his first two
starts this term. He stuck on nicely at his only dirt run in February
and it wouldn’t surprise to see his good recent form rewarded with a
victory here, despite topweight. #7 Ugly Warrior put together a nice
record of four wins from five starts over this course and distance
last season, with his sole defeat coming at the hands of his rival
here, Pick Number One. He has trialled well ahead of this and looks to
have taken benefit from a long break, to the point where he might be
able to reverse form on Pick Number One here. #3 Fortune Booth
deserves respect at his first try on the surface. #6 Pick Number One,
last season’s Champion Griffin, was unbeaten on the dirt before a bad
failure at his first attempt in this grade in June. He’s got talent
but it remains to be seen how high he can climb.

RACE 10: YEUNG UK HANDICAP

#12 Noble Steed disappointed fresh, although the way in which the race
was run probably didn’t suit him. Second-up, he can improve again and
he should be hard to beat from a good draw. #4 Sun Touch is a likeable
galloper in that he gets out and sits on or near the speed and he
usually kicks on strongly. That should be the case again and he will
be around the mark. #11 Relentless Me performed well first-up and a
repeat of that effort will see him in contention. #3 Comfort Life has
drawn poorly but he looks to have the talent to win a race off his
current mark, if he can put it all together.

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